Construction Robots that Make Decisions

What if robot assistants could do some of the difficult or dangerous jobs on a construction site; and could think for themselves to get the work done better?

As shown in this video, which is being released here for the first time, Michigan Engineering is conducting research to help the construction industry in ways that could reduce the number of workplace injuries and fatalities. Despite all the planning and regulation, construction can still be a messy and dangerous field. Materials bend, sizes can be off, and what looked good on paper is not always installed correctly at the work site.

Robots have not been equipped to deal with these changes, but Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers have developed modeling techniques that will help them with autonomous decision-making. Real-time sensing data is compared to the construction project's original model so the robot can adjust its plan of action.


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